Client: London Borough of Barnet, Barratt London, Metropolitan Housing Trust


In just three weeks, Remarkable City rapidly pulled together a comprehensive Future High Streets Fund Expression of Interest for Chipping Barnet, the underperforming town centre just north of High Barnet underground station.

Collaborating closely with the Chipping Barnet Town Team, the Remarkable City team facilitated a number of workshop sessions to refine the town centre’s vision. The team used existing plans, strategies, materials and evidence to underpin the argument and commissioned a resident survey that generated 250 responses. At the core of the application was that Chipping Barnet is an historic centre which has firm foundations to build on both in terms of heritage and retail. And also that work needed to be done to attract local residents into the town centre, but also attract visitors from across London and further afield.

All of which built the case for external investment to be invested to revive this historic centre that dates back to medieval times.

The Future High Street Fund received over 300 applications. Whilst Chipping Barnet wasn’t one of the 50 high streets that made it through to the next stage in the process, it was singled out as being one of the ‘best of the rest’ by Jake Berry MP, Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse, at the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.